The Dock cafe, opened in 2012, is a pop-up cafe with a difference. Run by Titanic Quarter chaplain and Titanic Walking Tour guide, Chris Bennett and like-minded clergy, the cafe has an honesty box instead of a till so you choose how much you pay for your coffee, tea and biscuits.
The cafe overlooks the city’s docks and sits close to the popular Belfast Titanic visitor attraction, but tourists are not the only source of income, as the shop also attracts many local people.
Food and Drink
The Dock cafe has a wide range of Sukí teas (including Belfast Brew) and they grind their own Dock Blend and weekly guest blend coffee beans. The scones, breads, biscuits and buns are handmade by the French Village bakers, and there’s a daily choice of two soups.
The cafe is really spacious, with lots of sofas, chairs and tables. It’s not the sort of place you will be hurried, so you can sit back and relax with a good book if you like. The cafe is nicely decorated with inspiring artwork, photography and sculptures, all the work of local artists.
Run by a team of volunteers and chaplains from across all church backgrounds, both Protestant and Catholic, there is also a prayer garden in the corner of the cafe where you can rest and reflect. There’s a real community feel to the cafe, with book clubs, knitting groups, chess games and many more activities take place in The Dock cafe every day.
What’s close by?
Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic-themed visitor attraction, located on the very slipways where she was built at the heart of Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Dock cafe displays some interesting pieces of Titanic memorabilia.
Titanic Studios, where Game of Thrones is shot, is one of Europe’s largest film studios
In the future Chris Bennett hopes to move the cafe to a boat in the nearby docks. For more information about The Dock cafe please visit their website.
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